TTEITI to host open data workshop on oil and gas revenues

Software developers, journalists and innovators with an interest in technology and transparency will benefit from a one-day open data workshop to be held Thursday.

The event, hosted by the the Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TTEITI), will use data published in the first TTEITI report, published on September 30.

The report contains details about the way the energy sector operates, and reveals for the first time the individual payments made by oil and gas companies—both private and state—to the Government on an annual basis.“

The special open data workshop will guide participants in building web and mobile applications, generating custom reports and building data visualisations. It will be facilitated by international technology expert Bevil Wooding,” said Mark Regis, head of the TTEITI secretariat.

“Open Data is an approach to promote the ideal that certain data should be freely available in formats that allow anyone to use and republish as they wish, without restriction. In this workshop, we’ll be discussing the benefits of open data in improving transparency and accountability in governance.”

The data produced from the TTEITI’s first report will be made available in an open format and will be used to demonstrate some practical ways to extract valuable information from open data sources,” said Wooding, Chief Knowledge Officer of Congress WBN and founder of the BrightPath Foundation.

Trinidad and Tobago was the first country to release a mobile app as part of the publication of the internationally accessible report.

The Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded program.

The Open Data workshop is part of TTEITI’s roadshow designed to share the contents on the first report with the general public.It will be held at the Kapok Hotel, Port of Spain from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Copies of the report can be downloaded from the TTEITI Web site or via the TTEITI mobile application available in the Google Play store.